greenwood in real estate: How To Silence Your Biggest Critic: Susan Boyle - 04/17/09 09:23 AM
This is an email I just received from a fellow Keller Williams agent, Michaelann Byerly in Tampa Bay, Florida and it was just too good not to pass it along.  Thanks Michaelann...I really needed this today...
"Did you catch the frumpy 47-year old Susan Boyle on her audition for Britain's version of American Idol?
If not, it may be the best seven minutes you'll spend this year.  Check it out:  
She's middle aged, triple-chinned, eyebrows that look like dead caterpillars, never been kissed by a man... everyone just knew this Gong-Show reject was going to bomb.
I had to give Simon Cowell … (2 comments)

greenwood in real estate: Week In Review: Greenwood IN Real Estate Market - 04/17/09 04:38 AM
Well, it's been a while since we've brought you the most recent stats for our local real estate market but from now on, we intend to dedicate Fridays to be our "Week In Review" - where we will specifically take a closer look at our local Greenwood IN Real Estate market.
In this segment we will recap all of the New Listings that just came on the market within the last week; the homes that are Now Pending With Accepted Offers over the last week; homes that Officially Closed in the last week and last but not least, the "rejects"...the homes that were on … (0 comments)

greenwood in real estate: Your Home SOLD In 120 Days Or It's FREE! - 03/31/09 04:38 AM
Have you heard about our 120 Day GUARANTEED Sale Program, but want to know a little more about how it works? Please click below for a better explanation:
120 Day Guarantee Explained in Plain English
We feel very fortunate to be in a place where most of our business comes from repeat business or from the kind referrals we continue to receive from friends, family and past clients.
However, every once in a while someone might stumble upon Shawna's Home Team through a flyer or a postcard and they don't really know us that well and want to take a closer … (0 comments)

greenwood in real estate: "If It Bleeds, It Leads" - 03/23/09 03:44 AM
Have ya ever noticed that it's always the bad news that seems to get all the press?
Our favorite shows are only interrupted with "Breaking News" that would alarm or scare the viewers..."A gunman is loose"..."An apartment building is on fire"..."A child has been kidnapped"...
Yes, these are all important stories, but isn't good news ever considered to be just as important?
My point is that right now, all of the media networks seem to be having a hey day reporting the bad, bad real estate market.  "Foreclosures are on the rise"..."Families are losing their homes"..."Mortgage companies are going under"...
True, true … (0 comments)

greenwood in real estate: Estridge Extreme Dream Makeover In Indianapolis - 03/16/09 03:59 PM

Wow!  I can't believe that Extreme Home Makeover is actually coming to Indianapolis and on top of that, the builder that is sponsoring the new home is one of my personal favorites, Estridge Homes.
We don't know anything about the chosen family yet, but the door knock will take place March 27th and you can find out more about the family then. 
The work will be done March 27th - April 4th and both Skilled and Unskilled Volunteers are needed (I know which group I fall in to...)
But either way, I'm excited and can't wait to figure out a way … (3 comments)

greenwood in real estate: Spring Home Maintenance Tips In Greenwood - 03/14/09 03:12 AM
Although today is a little bit on the chilly side again, wasn't it wonderful to have a glimpse of 70+ degree weather earlier this week?  That means that spring is right around the corner!  Here are some helpful tips from Jim Schwarz at Center Grove Real Estate Inspections to get your home ready for the change of season.
Clean gutters and ensure downspouts and yard drains can drain runoff freely.  This can be done by running a hose into the gutter and watching how the water flows.  Runoff should terminate at least five feet from the foundation of the home. Remove … (5 comments)

greenwood in real estate: Using The VA Loan For Your Greenwood IN Home - 02/13/09 01:57 AM
One of the best 100% loans still around is the Veterans Administration loan.  Also known as the VA Loan, this loan program is specifically for persons that have served in the military.  Over the years, we have helped many homeowners use the VA Loan to purchase their Greenwood IN homes.
When using the VA Loan to purchase your Greenwood IN home, Veterans (or active duty service people who have served enough years to earn their eligibility) can borrow more than 100% of the sales price of the home.
Here's how it works:  When you use the VA Loan to purchase your … (1 comments)

greenwood in real estate: Current Home Prices - Greenwood | Johnson County - 02/08/09 01:29 PM
Wow!  I just discovered a really easy way to keep up with the Average and Median Home Prices in Greenwood and Johnson County.
Simply go to scroll over the map and it's all right there.
But, if you simply can't wait that long and must absolutely know right now what they you go...
Total Listings:  892 Average Price:  $216,388 Median Price:  $169,900 New Whiteland
Total Listings:  54 Average Price:  $99,604 Median Price:  $95,000 Whiteland
Total Listings:  77 Average Price:  $192,698 Median Price:  $159,900 Bargersville
Total Listings:  136 Average Price:  $484,812 Median Price:  $334,900 Franklin
Total Listings:  392 Average Price:  … (1 comments)

greenwood in real estate: Money Making Tips For Preparing Your Home For Sale - 02/05/09 01:44 PM
What more could you want than to get your home sold for top dollar in short order without any hassles?  If you take a moment and read through the following suggestions before you put your property on the market, you'll be well on your way to a successful sale.
Our goal is to simplify, depersonalize, and de-clutter your home in order for it to show larger and brighter, giving a more spacious feeling to potential buyers.  These steps will provide you with an advantage over the competition. 
Many items will need to be removed to storage and packed for moving.  This is … (6 comments)

greenwood in real estate: Jim's Frozen Pipe Follow Up - 01/19/09 10:41 PM
Here are some additional conditions that should be reviewed around ANY home when the weather gets very cold, as was the case recently.
Ensure all gaps and openings in the basement or crawlspace walls are filled.  The smallest amount of wind on very cold days (anything below 15F) will penetrate these gaps.  If pipes are nearby these gaps, it takes very little to freeze them.  In this case, close the crawlspace vents to prevent cross ventilation.  Be sure to open them after the weather moderates.
Gaps in siding walls create the same problem.  Extremely cold temperatures and high winds do some … (0 comments)

greenwood in real estate: Frozen Pipes at 66 Degrees? - 01/18/09 01:18 PM
If you've been around for a little while, you know we've been on our soapbox the last couple of weeks about the importance of winterizing vacant properties.  We had always been told that pipes can freeze any time the thermostat is set below 55 degrees.
Well...all of that changed this week.  No one is exactly sure what happened, but a seller of ours just called us and said while they were out of town, they had left their thermostat on 66 degrees and came home to frozen pipes!
Fortunately for them, the pipes didn't burst and they were able to have a … (2 comments)

greenwood in real estate: Simple Energy Saving Tips - 12/23/08 12:49 PM
Here's some great advice that our good friend, Jim Schwarz sent to us from Center Grove Real Estate Inspections.  On cold, wintery nights like this one, these sure are some timely tips!
Ensure all windows are tightly closed and latched. Seal all gaps at doorways. Caulk any exterior gaps in siding and trim. Ensure all doors completely close easily and effectively. Reduce home temperature.  Most of us can handle 65F nighttime and 68F daytime temperatures.  The lower energy usage will surprise you. Ensure the fireplace damper is completely closed if not in use. Seal all switch and receptacles in walls to … (1 comments)

greenwood in real estate: A Cheap Thrill For $6.42 - 12/20/08 02:45 PM
OK, have you ever gone through the Chik-fil-A drive thru and when you get up to the window to pay, you're pleasantly surprised to find out that the person in line in front of you has already paid your bill?  Isn't it fun?
Well today, I got an even better treat!  I got to be the person in front that got to pay for the person behind me! 
As I drove away, I got stuck at a red light and as I looked in my rear view mirror, here came that same car that had been behind me in the drive … (2 comments)

greenwood in real estate: More Specifics On The FHA 203k Loan... - 12/19/08 03:09 PM
As a quick follow up to an article we posted last week, here are some more specifics regarding the FHA 203k Loan Program.
Again, this is a great loan for financing HUD Homes, Bank Owned Properties and "As Is" or "Handyman Specials".
From our friends at Indy Mortgage, "Here are some allowable improvements:
Roofs Gutters Downspouts Windows Siding Doors Kitchens Bathrooms Room Additions Appliances A/C Hot Water Tank Well Septic Floors Basement Waterproofing Basement Finishing Porches Patios and more!" If you are anywhere near the Greenwood or Indianapolis area, you know our real estate market is full of HUD Homes and Bank … (1 comments)

greenwood in real estate: Your Home SOLD In 120 Days . . . GUARANTEED!!! (pssst...if you're a Realtor...this post is for you) - 12/18/08 11:31 AM
Do you have a lot of those "Guaranteed Home Sale" Realtors in your area?  You know the ones...that offer to buyer the listing if they can't sell it within a certain time frame?
Well sure, that sounds like a great idea if you have a big fat line of credit, or just a huge pile of money laying around.  But what about the little guy (or girl) like me?  How in the world am I ever supposed to compete with that?
Well, I figured out a way to Guarantee my home sales...without costing me anything out of pocket!  (I'm a notorious cheapskate … (11 comments)

greenwood in real estate: Can I Really Roll Rehab Money Into My Mortgage? - 12/13/08 07:24 AM
The answer, believe it or not, is actually "Yes!"  But in order to do it, you're going to need to use the FHA 203k Loan Program.  Now this is not giving you an open checkbook to go out and fix up a property in need of help but, it is a way to help you make some necessary repairs without paying for them out of pocket.  Here's how it works:
Prior to closing, you will need to have contractors come in and give you bids for how much it will cost to make the needed repairs to your new home.  Now … (3 comments)

greenwood in real estate: What Are The Dark Streaks On My Roof? - 12/11/08 01:32 PM
Is this a question you've wondered about from time to time?  Whether it was happening on your roof or someone else's?  Well, ask no more.  Here's what our friendly neighborhood home inspector, Jim Schwarz of Center Grove Real Estate Inspections had to say:
Dark streaks on your roof are algae growth.  This typically shows on the North or East exposures of the roof surface that stay cooler and more damp than the sun exposed surfaces.
These streaks are also an indication that the roof is beginning to approach its latter stages of useful life.  As the algae grows, it begins to … (2 comments)

greenwood in real estate: Can You Touch Bottom? - 12/11/08 01:21 PM

Remember what it was like when you were a kid and you'd jump into the deep end and challenge your friends to see who could touch the bottom of the pool? 
When you were little, you'd have to kick and push a little to get there.  Your ears would pop and you'd get a little scared...wondering if you'd be able to hold your breath long enough to get all the way to the bottom and then back up again.
It's kind of the same with our current real estate market.  People keep challenging themselves to see who can hold out long … (0 comments)

greenwood in real estate: A Chance To Give Back This Christmas - 12/11/08 01:18 PM
I realize the economy is bad for just about everyone right now, but you still may be looking for a way to reach out and do something for someone else that may be just a little worse off than we are.
If you're looking for such a cause, or maybe just for a place to put the kids out grown clothes to good use, please take a closer look at the message below.  This is from our good friend, Allie and I know that anything you can contribute would be greatly appreciated.

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Need to know where to … (0 comments)

greenwood in real estate: Less Talk, More Pics - 12/09/08 01:41 PM

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Does stuff like this speak to you more than a wordy explanation?  If so, our new Market Snapshot was created just for you. You choose how often you get the data and where the data is pulled from. Then when it comes, you can also sneak a peak at Community and School Info, too.  You can even compare local schools one against another. And best of all, if you get sick of it, you can unsubscribe at any time. So sign up any time...try it Mikey...we think you'll like … (0 comments)

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